SOURCES OF INFORMATION
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM (PORT Maritime information Gateway)
by the National Maritime Museum "PORT" is an online catalogue of
maritime related Internet resources. Every source has been selected and
described a librarian or subject specialist. Services and materials developed
by the Museum' Centre for Research are also available on this site.
interesting site developed by SSBR member David Renouf. Packed with
interesting information about the Thames Sailing Barge.
THAMES BARGE ART
site has an interesting array of Thames Barge information as well of details
of Barge art for sale.
site provides Family history information on the boat and barge workers on the
Thames including videos of some of the races.
1.5 THE MECHANICS OF THE THAMES SAILING BARGE.
This site gives full details of how a barge sails, how the sails are set &
furled etc. the functions of the rigging & associated equipment etc.
1.6 WEST MERSEA MUSEUM.
This site lists the barges mentioned in the Merchant Navy Lists for 1916,
1934 & 1938.
2.1 ASSOCIATION OF MODEL BARGE OWNERS (AMBO)
AMBO aims to foster model barge building, act as a forum for owners
exchange of knowledge and information about barges, building techniques
and organise events where members may meet in a friendly and informal
Contact : TBA
BLACKWATER SAILING BARGE MATCH ASSOCIATION
Organise the Blackwater Match, and an annual fund raising exhibition.
They also screen cinefilm of the matches and circulate a
newsletter. Chairman Mrs.Jackie Lewis,
Contact the Hon.Secretary, Mrs.Pat Boss "Crosstrees" The
Downs, Maldon,Essex, CM9 7HR. Phone 01621.851147
2.3 CAMBRIA TRUST
The project to get Cambria back under sail in trading condition has the
primary aim to ensure that an example of the Thames Sailing Barge is regularly
open to public view and can also be sailed on occasions. Currently under
restoration at Faversham. The Trust is a
Contact Basil Brambleby, 32,Pilgrims Way, Cuxton,Kent,
ME2`1LG. Phone 01634.710.721
THE CIRDAN TRUST
The Charitable Trust was formed in 1982 to enable groups of young people
from Churches, schools and youth organisations to experience the excitement
and adventure of sailing together in large vessels. Its charter prices
are subsidised so that less well of members of our society can take advantage
of the Trust's resources. Funds are raised by donations,
sponsorship and letting the vessels for commercial hire particularly for
holiday charters. As well as the bowsprit barge XYLONITE the Trust own the
converted Baltic trader QUEEN GALADRIEL.
Contact The Executive Officer, Nick Back,
Fullbridge Wharf, Maldon, CM9 7LE; Phone 01621.851433
THE DAWN SAILING BARGE TRUST 1999
Formed in 1996 by Gordon Swift, Dick Townsend and Terry Turbin the Trust
aquired the Dawn following the closure of the Passmore Edwards Museum and
brought her to Maldon for restoration with the aid of grants and lottery
Contact Roger Elton, 4,Broad Street, Harleston, Norfolk,
IP20`9AZ, Phone 01379.398.357
DOLPHIN SAILING BARGE MUSEUM TRUST
The Charitable Trust was formed by members of the Society for Spritsail
Barge Research in 1969 as an independent organisation to set up a Museum and
manage the former barge repair yard of cement and brick maker Charles Burley
as a working yard for barge owners.
Dating from the 1880's the yard off Crown Quay Lane, Sittingbourne, was closed
in 1965 and fell derelict. After considerable repair to the buildings and
dredging the inlet, the museum was opened to the Public in 1970.
The Museum, closed in 2005 following a notice to quit was served by the then
owners Supreme Concrete. The artefacts and exhibits have been put into
storage until such a time that new premises can be found.
Contact: Clive Reader, Chairman of Trustees.
www.thamesbarges.org.uk/barges/charter/dolphinyard.html and http:/
EAST COAST SAIL TRUST
The Charitable Trust has been working with children since 1966 and is
overseen by its management committee.
It¹s object is to maintain THALATTA in first class sea-going order for
the benefit of young people from all walks of life. Members of the crew
of the barge undertake routine maintenance to minimise expensive shipyard
bills. The barge operates between Orfordness and the North Foreland from
1st April and 30th September each year and cruises normally last for five days
from Maldon. Most schools are able to raise the full cost of
sailing for a party of 12 youngsters and a teacher or leader but youngsters
from deprived back-grounds who need a subsidy can usually be catered for.
2.8 KENTISH SAIL ASSOCIATION
Organise the Swale Smack and Sailing Barge Match, arrange social evenings
for members, circulate a news-letter and also raise money to get
Contact for Details of the Association, The Membership Secretary,
20 Waterside Close, Faversham, Kent. ME13 7AU Tel: 01795
532649 . Web Site:
THAMES SAILING BARGE TRUST
Founded in 1948 as the Thames Barge Club to enable members to sail in vessels from the last British
traditional sailing cargo carrying fleet. It was reformed on the 1st
May, 2003 with an object of attaining charitable status and be entitled to
seek funds to maintain its barges.
Trust now owns two
spritsail barges, PUDGE (built 1922) and CENTAUR (built 1895) their cargo
holds converted into spacious cruising accommodation. and the lighter
SAILORMAN berthed at Maldon on which winter work parties are based. The cost of
maintaining the barges is raised through an annual members fee, sailing fees
and fund raising activities.
The Trust organises weekend sailings from ports around the estuary including
Maldon, Ipswich, Hoo near Rochester and London. The barges are also available
for self catering charters for longer periods. with the Trust providing the
Crew. Sailing/Chartering is available to any member of the public as
well as members of the trust. General Enquiries by post to The Hon.
Thames Sailing Barge Trust,
8 Birch Close, Ely,
Cambs CB7 4TJ.
details of the TSBT Magazine "Spritsail" see 'Publications'
Page under "Non Society Publications".
2.10 THE HUMBER KEEL
AND SLOOP PRESERVATION SOCIETY.
The aim of the society is to
introduce you to the river Humber’s uniquely evolved sailing barges, the
Humber keel and the Humber sloop. The Society’s has two ships- the
Comrade, and the
Amy Howson, that are the focus of our members’ interest and
Humber keels and sloops are part of Britain’s maritime
and industrial heritage: As part of the national collection of historic
Amy Howson are rare surviving examples of the two types of craft
specifically designed and rigged to sail the canals, rivers and estuarial
waters of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire efficiently.
2.11 SOUTH WEST
MARITIME HISTORY SOCIETY
Based in South West England, we encourage interest in all
aspects of maritime history and promote research in these fields, leading
where possible to the publication of the results of such studies.
2.12 NORFOLK WHERRY TRUST
preserving the Wherry "Albion" since 1949 when the charitable trust to
rescue a Norfolk Wherry was formed, a dedicated band of volunteers has kept
her in work, either carrying cargo, or latterly, carrying passengers. It is
vital that she earns her living as it is the income from chartering, coupled
with the generosity of our membership and supporters, which pays for her
expensive and never ending upkeep.
2.13 THAMES HERITAGE ALLIANCE
3.1 THE SAILING BARGE ASSOCIATION
The Association was formed to establish a definitive status for the
sailing barge fleet for recognition by Government Departments, River, Sports
and other similar authorities to promote standards of safety and conduct for
the operation of sailing barges, a forum for discussion and consultation on
any matter concerned with the ownership and operation of sailing barges.
Membership is open to all sailing barge owners with associate membership
Chairman Peter Dodds, "The Iron Wharf", Faversham, Kent,
Contact The Secretary, Frank Morris, PO Box
5191 Bournemouth, BH1 3WZ http://www.sailingbargeassociation.co.uk
3.2 THE ASSOCIATION OF BARGEMEN
The Association was born at a meeting of skippers mates and crew members
at Faversham in February, 1981 to further the cause of the sailing barge and
the preservation of the knowledge traditions and camaraderie which had grown
up over the centuries. The Association offers help and encouragement to
all crew members and mates who wish to progress towards a Masters Ticket which
it administers together with the Sailing Barge Association for the Department
of Transport. The Association arranges social meetings and circulates a
Contact c/o David Patient, Fullbridge Wharf, Maldon, Essex.
Tel. 01621.859.690 or
The Administrative Secretary, Christine Lawrence, 7,Albert Street, Whitstable,
Kent, CT5 1HP. Phone. 01227.265.568
4. COMMERCIAL OPERATORS
4.1 COOKS BARGE YARD (Thames Barge Heritage Centre)
board S.B. Glenway, the Hythe, Maldon,
Good Friday to 30th September. Wednesdays & Sundays11.00 am - 5 pm.
weekends Sunday 12.00 -4 pm.
Adults £2.50 Children & concessions £1.50
5. CHARTER BARGES
5.1 ALICE For charter sailing contact
Looking Glass Charters
5.2 CABBY Day sailing from may be arranged through Andrea Greig, Marine Events Management at
122 High Street, Maldon, Essex. Telephone
Day sailings from Brightlingsea. For
details of all charter trips contact Jane Harman at St Osyth Boatyard on 01255
5.4 GRETA Day sailings, weekends or week charters & static
Functions from Whitstable Harbour. or port of your choice. Contact Steven
Norris, Standard Quay, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7BS. Phone
0411.657.919 or 01795.534.541
5.5 HYDROGEN, THISTLE, REMINDER and REPERTOR, Topsail Charters¹ arrange
sailings on the Blackwater, Thames and Orwell. Contact, Stephanie
Valentine; Cooks Yard, The Hythe, Maldon, Essex, CM9`5HN Phone
01621.857.567 - http://www.top-sail.co.uk
5.6 IRONSIDES, WILL and OTHER BARGES & TALL SHIPS sailing from London, Cowes, Maldon
and other bases. Contact Mark Tower at Topsail Events - 82 Marine Parade,
Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1AJ, Phone 01273.878.121
5.7 KITTY Day Sailing and static charters from Maldon may
be arranged through
Roger Marriott, S.B.Kitty Ltd. Lonsdale House, 7 – 9 Lonsdale Gardens,
Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1NU Phone 01892 501079 or mobile 07767783237.
5.8 MIROSA Day sailing and company promotion charters may be arranged
through Peter Dodds, of " The Iron Wharf", Faversham,
Kent, ME13 7BT. Phone. 01795.537.122 or evenings
5.9 VICTOR Chartering in the Solent out of Haslar Marina contact Nick
Briggs, The Gote Cottage, Streat, Nr.Hassocks, E.Sussex, BN6 8RZ.
5.10 WYVENHOE Charisma Consultants Ltd. S.B.
Wyvenhoe c/o St.Katharines Haven, 50, St.Katharines Way, London,
E1W 1LA Phone No. 07802 362973 http://www.wyvenhoe.co.uk
on the East Coast. see Web Site for details. 10% reduction for SSBR
5.11 Craft in St.Katharines by the Tower may be contacted through the
Harbourmasters Office St.Katharines Haven Ltd. 50, St.Katharines Way, London
E1 9LB Phone. 020.7488.0555 ext.5312
5.12 Craft in West India Docks may be contacted through British
Waterways, Marine Office, West India Dock, 420,Manchester Road, E.14 9ST,